Christmas 2012

Ramona has finally gone down for a nap.  She is all life and non-stop play.  Jesse is in the kitchen cleaning up what has become a monster mess from all the cookie plates, half drunk wine, empty pizza boxes, and loads and loads of recycling from opened presents that have gathered by the back door.  I’ve finally taken a minute to sit down and look at some of the photos I took this season.  It wasn’t many.  I put my camera away for the last 10 days except for the essential Christmas moments and two portrait shoots that I booked in September.

I have never worked a season like this one.  I usually take a break–go to Paris, or some other place to decompress and “re-stock the pond”  creatively.  But this year I needed the money and took almost every shoot that came my way.  That made it a 28 wedding, 120 shoot season.  Too much.  Never again.  I think I’ve burned that candle at both ends a little too much this year.  So in attempt at some R&R, l I’ve done NOTHING work related in the last 10 days.  I didn’t answer most emails, didn’t take meetings, didn’t blog.  It was incredible.  I could probably do this for 3 months straight and still want more down time.  But today, with my 2012 favorite songs mix playing in the background, my baby slumbering with all her new fuzzy friends, and my husband doing some house work, I somehow felt inspired.  I’m drinking some strong black coffee and am taking a moment to reflect on just how blessed I am.  I could live in a double wide with the two loves of my life and be happier than in a mansion without them.  Cliche, but true.   We have a warm fire in our fireplace, plenty of leftover goodies in our fridge, and a few bottles of nice bourbon that we got for Christmas, but above all we have PEACE that I’ve never known.  This first Christmas with Ramona has truly brought gifts that money can’t buy. Getting to re-live the season through the eyes of a child is almost better than experiencing it as a child.  I have been overwhelmed with Joy, Peace, and Love.  I can honestly say that there isn’t anything else in the world that I could ask for.  I hope you all have these same gifts and are experiencing a beautiful 2012 holiday season.  Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.


gillian - ah, julie! i love this post. we are so much alike, even though i haven’t seen you in a million years. let’s try to get our families together some day. really. happy first baby xmas. it’s pretty tremendous, yes? love you.

jan - Oh Julie these are so precious!!! I’ve missed your blog lately .. busy out here in California, but your work and the sharing of your family is a blessing to me. The best to you and your sweet family in 2013!!

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